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Bierhoff, Klinsmann Lead Germany Over Iran
Oliver Bierhoff and Juergen Klinsmann each scored goals on headers, helping Germany defeat Iran, 2-0, on June 25 and advance to the next round. With the loss and Yugoslavia's 1-0 victory over the United States, the Iranians were eliminated.


From The Post

 JUNE 2: In Iran, Soccer's a Political Football
 JUNE 14: Favored Yugoslavia Holds Off Upstarts
 JUNE 20: Iran Team Earns Village's Respect
 JUNE 21: U.S. Defeating U.S. Is Only Part of the Challenge
 JUNE 21:U.S., Iran Find Politics Are Afoot
 JUNE 22: U.S. Loses to Iran, 2-1, Fades From World's View

From AP

 JUNE 22: Revelers Pack Tehran Streets After Victory
 JUNE 25: Workmanlike Germany Advances With 2-0 Win
 More AP Stories


World Cup Highlights

 Second appearance in the World Cup finals (1978, 1998)
 Three-time winner of the Asian Championship (1968, 1972, 1976)


First-Round Results

Day Opponent Site
Sunday, June 14 Yugoslavia 1, Iran 0 Saint-Etienne
Sunday, June 21 Iran 2, United States 1 Lyon
Thursday, June 25 Germany 2, Iran 0 Montpellier

Complete First-Round Results


Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GK Ahmad Abedzadeh32 Pirouzi
GK Nima Nakisa 22Pirouzi
GK Parviz Boromand 24Unknown
DMohammad Peyravani28Pirouzi
DAli Ostadasadli32Zob E Ahan
DMohammad Khakpour29Pirouzi
D Javad Zarincheh 32Esteghlal
DNader Mohammadkhani34Unknown
DMehdi Pashazadeh34Esteghlal
M Karim Bagheri 24Arminia Bielefeld
M Hamid Estili 31Bahman
M Mehdi Mahdavikia 20Pirouzi
M Mehrdad Minavand Chal 22Pirouzi
MNaim Saadavi  Pirouzi
M Ali Reza Mansourian 25Estaghlel
M Reza Shahroudi 26Pirouzi
M Sirous Din Mohammadi 29Shahrdari Tabriz
F Khodadad Azizi 26Cologne
F Ali Daei 29Arminia Bielefeld
FAli Latifi 22Unknown
FBehnam Seraj 25Unknown
F Satar Hamedani 22Bahman


Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
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How Qualified: Second place in AFC Group A, lost to Japan in AFC playoff, defeated Australia in AFC/OFC playoff
DateResult
AFC/OFC Playoff
Nov. 29, 1997Australia 2, Iran 2
Nov. 22, 1997Iran 1, Australia 1
AFC Third-Place Match
Nov. 16, 1997 Japan 3, Iran 2
AFC Second Round — Group A
Nov. 7, 1997Qatar 2, Iran 0
Oct. 31, 1997Iran 0, Kuwait 0
Oct. 24, 1997Saudi Arabia 1, Iran 0
Oct. 17, 1997 Iran 4, China 1
Oct. 3, 1997 Iran 3, Qatar 0
Sept. 26, 1997 Kuwait 1, Iran 1
Sept. 19, 1997 Iran 1, Saudi Arabia 1
Sept. 13, 1997 China 2, Iran 4
AFC First Round — Group 2
June 13, 1997 Iran 2, Syria 2
June 11, 1997 Iran 9, Maldives 0
June 9, 1997 Iran 3, Kyrgyzstan 1
June 6, 1997 Syria 0, Iran 1
June 4, 1997 Kyrgyzstan 0, Iran 7
June 2, 1997 Maldives 0, Iran 17

Facts and Figures

Knight-Ridder/Tribune
Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Pakistan
Population: 64.6 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Tehran
Comparative area: Slightly larger than Alaska
Religions: Shi'a Muslim 95 percent, Sunni Muslim 4 percent, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i 1 percent
Landscape: Rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts


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